T.I. continues to deliver his political commentary about the strain relationship between police and the black community in his new video for “I Believe.” The song is from his latest album, Us or Else: Letter to the System.
The visual, directed by Mike Ho, features Tip playing two different characters – a guy in a black hoodie who is upset that his best friend was killed by police and a preacher man who urges citizens to stay non-violent as they embark on a protest against police.
T.I.’s two characters face off in a heated debate in a church as each one express their viewpoints about how the community should react to police misconduct. “All of your plans ain’t worth a damn / ‘Cause in front of God, you are just a man,” raps the hoodie-wearing T.I. to the MLK-like T.I.
The video then segues into a protest scene where T.I.’s preacher character is leading a march through the streets with demonstrators holding “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter” signs. The video ends with the preacher and his protesters facing off with police, while the hoodie-wearing T.I. and his crew, watch from a distant and shaking their collective heads.
With his “I Believe” video, T.I. is offering two different viewpoints in the ongoing issue of police brutality in the black community.